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February 7, 2002

Coast Guard icebreaker will incorporate Finnish knowhow
Kvaerner Masa Marine (KMM) and Masa-Yards Arctic Technology Center (MARC), both part of the Kvaerner Masa-Yards Group, were recently awarded a contract to provide ice breaking consulting services and model testing for the USCG Great Lakes Icebreaker currently being designed by Marinette Marine Corporation (MMC) a division of Manitowoc Marine Group.

The new icebreaker will be a multi-mission vessel, approximately 73 m long, 18.3 m beam, and displacing 3,500 tonnes. The ship will break ice to keep the Great Lakes shipping lanes open in the winter. Its summer job will be to service aids to navigation. The vessel will also perform search and rescue, pollution control, security and law enforcement.

The vessel employs azimuthing podded electric drives, pioneered by Kvaerner Masa-Yards in conjunction with ABB Industry Oy.

The icebreaking consulting services to be provided to MMC will include a hull form feasibility study, and ice performance, powering, stability,seakeeping and maneuvering performance evaluations. One of the hull forms to be studied will be the Double Acting Concept patented by Kvaerner Masa-Yards. MARC will also be carrying out an extensive ice model test program at its model ice tank in Helsinki and KMM will supervise the open water model tests to be carried out at SSPA in Sweden.

Besides the icebreaker, Manitowoc's work for the Coast Guard includes a series of 16 seagoing buoy tenders being built at Manitowoc’s Marinette Marine subsidiary. The 225 ft Oak, the the eleventh ship in this series, was successfully launched last month.

"We are proud to continue this partnership between the U.S. Coast Guard and the Manitowoc Marine Group," said Terry D. Growcock, Manitowoc’s president and chief executive officer. "The OAK joins her sister cutters, also built by Marinette Marine, to form a new fleet of the most technically advanced buoy tenders sailing today, which should serve the needs of our nation’s Coast Guard for decades to come."

The launch ceremony, which took place on January 26, featured U.S. Representative Henry E. Brown Jr. (D-SC) as the keynote speaker; his wife, Billye Brown, the sponsor of the ship, performed the traditional christening ceremony. Also attending the ceremony was Rear Admiral Jay Carmichael, Commander of the Seventh U.S. Coast Guard District.

The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter OAK will homeport in Charleston, South Carolina, under the command of LCDR James M. Cash. It will have a complement of six officers and 34 enlisted personnel. OAK and her sister cutters now operating in both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans are equipped to perform search and rescue, law enforcement, pollution response, and domestic icebreaking missions, as well as servicing aids to navigation.

The USCGC OAK is named after an earlier Coast Guard cutter that served the United States from 1921 through 1943, assigned to the Third Light House District in Staten Island, New York. The original OAK was decommissioned on November 6, 1964, after 43 years of distinguished service.

Halliburton deploys advanced MSV to U.S. Gulf
Halliburton Subsea, a business unit of Halliburton's Energy Services Group,is deploying its ultra modern multi-purpose support vessel, MSV Subsea Viking , to the Gulf of Mexico on a long term basis. The vessel, which arrived in U.S. waters in early February 2002, will be available for a wide variety of field development and maintenance tasks including, flexible flowline and umbilical lay, manifold and template installation, remotely operating vehicle (ROV) and survey work and other subsea intervention operations.

This 340-foot-long vessel is particularly suitable for supporting deepwater operations. Key features include a 100-ton heave compensated crane, a 1,200-ton capacity below deck carousel, twin 10,000-foot rated Work Class ROV systems and 12,400-square-feet of available working deck area.

With over 10,000 kW of diesel electric power available and an International Maritime Organization/Norwegian Maritime Directorate (IMO/NMD) Class 3 Dynamic Positioning system the vessel will be capable of operating safely in close proximity to structures and with a very wide weather capability.